Perceptions of Smartphone Security

Open Access
Laubscher, Kevin Alan
Area of Honors:
Security and Risk Analysis
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Anna Cinzia Squicciarini, Thesis Supervisor
  • Peng Liu, Honors Advisor
  • Peng Liu, Faculty Reader
  • smartphone
  • security
  • perception
  • safety
  • mobile
  • laptop
Smartphones are becoming very popular in today’s society, but is the popularity of security options and safety growing along with it? This study explores the average college student’s perception of smartphone security. I will be examining the respondent’s use, safety and security devices on both laptop/desktops and smartphones. The participating students were sampled from a large northeastern university and were asked to complete an online survey. The data was examined using statistical analyses to see if the average college student will rate their level of security on laptops/desktops higher than that on their smartphones. I will be looking at many factors including, gender, school year, history of computer security incident, level of computer knowledge and level of risk tolerance. If a relationship is found to exist, this study can be used as initial evidence that more education and training on smartphone security is necessary.